Genetic variability of chakkarakolli (Gymnema sylvestre R. Br.) in Kerala assessed using morphological and biochemical markers

Smita Nair, R. Keshavachandran


Gymnema sylvestre R. Br. is a native medicinal plant valued for its antidiabetic property.The major bioactive constituents of Gymnema are a group of saponins. In the present study, morphological and biochemical markers were employed for characterizing 93 germplasm accessions of Gymnema representing different geographical regions of Kerala. Seven vegetative traits and total saponin concentrations in the leaves were studied on three-year-old plants. The results indicate high variations in morphological and biochemical characters. Saponin concentration ranged from 0.6% for ‘Pambadi’ to 5.4% for ‘Kottayi’.


Antidiabetic plant; Saponins; Gymnemic acid

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A KAU publication [CODEN: JTAGEI; ISSN 0971-636X; eISSN 0973-5399]